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The Big Vin Theory

58 EpisodesProduced by BobWebsite

The podcast aimed specifically at WSET Diploma, MW and MS students, or just those who really want to understand the ‘viti gritty’ of the global wine trade.

58 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Greg Lambrecht - Coravin

November 22nd, 2023


We speak with the legendary Greg Lambrecht, inventor of Coravin. We ask about Coravin market stats, then about his invention process, whether the wine trade needs more innovation, whether science can take away from the …

Amanda Barnes

November 1st, 2023


We chat to Amanda Barnes about all things South America. The first 40 minutes or so are just the major regions and funnels that you should be aware …

Larry Lockshin - Emeritus Professor

October 7th, 2023


We chat to Larry Lockshin about his research on wine marketing. What are the most effective ways to market wines? Are regional bodies effective? …

Diana Snowden Seysses - Domaine Dujac/Snowden Vineyards

February 6th, 2023


We talk to Diana Snowden Seysses - winemaker at two illustrious houses from other sides of the pond.  We ask what her approach to viticulture is, how …

Alex Maltman - Emeritus Professor Aberystwyth University

December 16th, 2022


We talk to Alex Maltman, Emeritus Professor Aberystwyth University, about geology and wine.  We ask how the geology of the vineyard impacts the …

Christopher Chen PhD - UCCE North Coast Viticulture

October 8th, 2022


We talk to Dr Christopher Chen, the UCCE Integrated Vineyard Systems Advisor for the North Coast region of California.  Chris's research focuses on …

Prof Sakkie Pretorius - Macquarie University

September 12th, 2022


We talk to Prof Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University.  We ask what the major flavour compounds produced by yeasts are and how they do them?  How are different compounds (like rotundone) …

Brad Greatrix - Nyetimber

July 23rd, 2022


We chat with Brad Greatrix, of Nyetimber fame, on all things sparkling winemaking.  What are the best grape varieties to use?  How do you manage pH in a marginal climate?  What factors influence the finished texture? …

Laura Willoughby MBE - Club Soda

July 6th, 2022


We talk to Laura Willoughby MBE - co-founder of Club Soda, the Mindful Drinking Movement.  We ask what the big trends in no/low are, what the wine …

K Felix G Åhrberg - Kullabergs Vingård

July 5th, 2022


We chat with K Felix G Åhrberg, Oenologist & Winemaker at Kullabergs Vingård.  We ask what it takes to plant a vineyard in a marginal climate and …

Cathy van Zyl MW

May 20th, 2022


We chat to Cathy van Zyl MW about all things South Africa.  What are the key markers to look out for when funnelling between regions?  How has COVID affected the SA wine industry?  How have the styles and winemaking …

Rachel Allison PhD

May 3rd, 2022


We talk to Dr Rachel Allison about her research at Cornell University into canned wines.  We ask how reductive compounds can be avoided and what the issues are with wines in cans.  Are there any wines that are not …

Aileen Sevier - Early Mountain Vineyards

April 29th, 2022


We talk to Aileen Sevier, VP Strategy & Marketing, Early Mountain Vineyards.  We ask what they plant and what interesting things they do in Virginina as well as the biggest problems they face and what the future …

Cain Todd - Lancaster University

April 3rd, 2022


We talk to Dr Cain Todd and ask just one exam question - "can one wine ever be objectively better than another?" 

Cain Todd is Senior Lecturer in …

Mags Janjo - MJ Wine Cellars

March 28th, 2022


We talk to Mags Janjo of MJ Wine Cellars about his work as a diversity ambassador and mentor.  Mags recently won the Golden Vines scholarship, and …

Tommy Nordam Jensen - WiV

March 4th, 2022


We talk with Tommy Nordam Jensen - CEO of Wiv.  In what has to be a crucial episode for those who want to look into the medium-term future and beyond, we ask what NFTs, blockchain and cryptocurrency actually mean?  How …

Nova Cadamatre MW

February 18th, 2022


We talk to Nova Cadamatre MW - the first female winemaker MW in the USA about all things winemaking.  What yeasts and processing aids are best?  How do you rescue a stuck fermentation?  How safe is too safe for SO2? …

Claudio Martell - Bevica

February 11th, 2022


We talk with Claudio Martell, CEO of Bevica.  Bevica is an ERP Software platform created specifically for the wine and drinks industry.  We ask what ERP means, how much does it cost.  What are the differences for the …

Millie Milliken - IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year

February 1st, 2022


We talk to Millie Milliken about drinks communication.  How do the different drinks categories differ?  What does successful communication look like? …

Ben Smith - Freerun PR

January 25th, 2022


We chat with Ben Smith, founder of Freerun PR, about how to judge whether or not a brand is strong, whether or not supermarkets are a force for good on the global stage, whether or not new products are necessary for …

Geoffrey Moss MW

January 17th, 2022


We talk to Geoffrey Moss MW about all things BC, including a SWOT analysis of the region, what the future may hold for it.  We also discuss his work …

Peter Yeung and Robert Vernick - X Chateau

January 10th, 2022


We talk to Peter Yeung and Robert Vernick from X Chateau podcast , which every MW student should subscribe to!  We discuss …

Robert Joseph

August 22nd, 2021


For the final episode of Season 1, we thought we'd like to go out with a Big Bang (or should that be 'vin'?), so we talk to the legend that is Robert …

Rod Smith MW

August 21st, 2021


 We talk to Rod Smith MW of Riviera Wine Academy.  We ask what the wine market is like in the South of France?  How does the yachting industry work?  Do we need more educators?  Are clear glass bottles not a really bad …

Katherine Jones - ThinK Prosecco

August 15th, 2021


We talk with Katherine Jones of ThinK Wine Group about what it takes to launch a new, lifestyle, low calorie wine brand.  What did the design process look like?  How was the gap in the market identified?  How has it …

Heather Daenitz - Craft & Cluster

August 10th, 2021


We speak with Heather Daenitz from Craft and Cluster, photography and social media consultant and podcast host

Kryss Speegle MW - O'Neill Vintners & Distillers

August 5th, 2021


We talk to Kryss Speegle MW about bulk wine QA, QC, transport and global business.  What are the most important things to include on a tech sheet? …

Belinda Kemp - Senior Staff Scientist in Oenology & Adjunct Professor (Dept of Biological Science) · Brock University

July 29th, 2021


We talk with Dr Belinda Kemp, Senior Staff Scientist in Oenology & Adjunct Professor about sparkling winemaking.  We ask what constitutes a 'cool …

Charlie Foley - Specialist and Auctioneer at Christie's

July 25th, 2021


We chat to Charlie Foley, Specialist and Auctioneer at Christie's.  We ask when it would be appropriate to write 'auctions' for a commercial …

Rob MacCulloch MW

July 21st, 2021


We talk with Rob MacCulloch MW - contract winemaker in Hawkes Bay.  We ask Rob what the main considerations are for growing and purchasing fruit for …

Matt Wilson - Wine, Lifestyle and Travel Photographer

July 13th, 2021


We talk to Matt Wilson, award winning wine photographer, about wine imagery.  What makes a good photograph?  What are the most common mistakes people make?  What's more important, the image or the writing?  What makes a …

Justin Moran - co-founder of The Hidden Sea

July 8th, 2021


We talk with Justin Moran, co-founder of The Hidden Sea.  We ask whether or not environmental credentials are important in marketing wine?  What …

Surina Burger - Quality Assurance Manager, De Wet Wine Cellar

July 3rd, 2021


We talk to Surina Burger, Quality Assurance Manager at De Wet Wine Cellar, about how to design and implement a QA system in a winery. We ask what the different third party accreditations are, what constitutes a Critical …

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

June 27th, 2021


We chat to Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, owner of Domaine of the Bee.  We ask what the challenges are in managing very old vines, how they deal with grape …

Pauline Vicard - Co-founder and Executive Director at ARENI Global

June 22nd, 2021


We talk with Pauline Vicard, Co-founder and Executive Director at ARENI Global.  We ask what "fine wine" is?  Who is drinking it?  Why?  Where is it …

Phil Reedman MW

June 6th, 2021


We talk with Phil Reedman MW - principal consultant at Phil Reedman Master of Wine Pty Ltd.  Phil has spent over 37 years working in the wine …

Lia Jones - Executive Director at Diversity in Food and Beverage, Co-Founder of Be The Change, Managing Director at DIFB Consulting

May 30th, 2021


We talk with Lia Jones on diversity in wine and the drinks trade more generally.  What does diversity look like?  What steps can people businesses take to create a more diverse atmosphere?  How do other industries …

Jacques Jordaan - Director, Drinks Sea Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel

May 21st, 2021


We speak with Jacques Jordaan, at VinLog, Kuehne+Nagel about the main points of interest in wine logistics.  What are the main considerations when …

Rowena Curlewis - CEO & co-founder, Denomination

April 28th, 2021


We chat to Rowena Curlewis at Denomination design agency - a specialist in wine and drinks packaging design.  We ask if the wine industry cares enough about packaging?  How does it compare with other drinks categories? …

Frances Bentley - Wine, Spirits and Beer buyer

April 21st, 2021


We talk with Frances Bentley about buying for the UK on-trade.  How do the different categories differ?  What are the main buying considerations?  What are your private label strategies?  How do we bounce back after …

Janice Wang - Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University

April 13th, 2021


We talk to Dr Janice Wang on her research into blind tasting, 'crossmodalism' and more.  What pedagogical approach works best in terms of training? Does learning how to taste wine help with other skills?  What music …

Andrew Jones - Wine Grape Sales Manager, Sunridge Nurseries

April 7th, 2021


We talk with Andrew Jones of Sunridge Nurseries about everything rootstock related - including his take that rootstocks will change the flavour of a wine more than the clone.  What are the biggest sellers, which are …

Nick Jackson MW

March 29th, 2021


We talk to Nick Jackson MW, author of 'Beyond Flavour' (US link here).  We ask, from the perspective of the MW exam, how do you construct a convincing origin argument between wines of similar structures, eg Chardonnay? …

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW

March 22nd, 2021


We ask Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW how to pass the MW tasting exam, so if you want to do that, you should probably listen to this.  Then we ask …

Tom Wilkinson - Vineyard Manager at Chapel Down Group plc

March 15th, 2021


We chat with Tom Wilkinson, Vineyard Manager at Chapel Down Group plc, about all things UK Viticulture.  How do you manage workforce requirements? …

Etienne Paumier - Les Caves du Lac

March 8th, 2021


We talk to Etienne about life as a wine authenticator - what makes wine authentic?  What are the specific things to look out for of a fake wine? …

Brian Fletcher

March 4th, 2021


We talk to winemaking legend Brian Fletcher, who everyone should follow on Twitter.  We ask about the history of modern Aussie winemaking, what he …

Harry Crowther - Grain to Grape

February 28th, 2021


We talk to Harry Crowther, founder of Grain to Grape.  Harry is a winemaker and ex-somm who runs Grain to Grape - a wine training company with a difference. We ask how sales can be maximised in the on-trade?  How can …

Sabas Joosten - De Librije

February 22nd, 2021


We interviewed Sabas Joosten, Head Sommelier at De Librije, a Three Michelin Star restaurant in Zwolle, The Netherlands.  De Librije has consistently …

Magdalena Kaiser - Director of Public Relations - Marketing & Tourism for Wine Marketing Association of Ontario

February 17th, 2021


We talk to Magdalena about the Ontarian market, how does the quasi-monopoly work, what are the regulations on grape-growing in Eastern Canada, where …

Dmitry Grozoubinski - Founder, ExplainTrade

February 11th, 2021


In this episode we talk to Dmitry Grozoubinski, Founder of ExplainTrade .  Dmitry is a negotiations and trade policy expert and Visiting Professor at …

Mike Best MW - Account Manager - Boutinot Wines

February 1st, 2021


We talk to Mike Best MW on what makes a good sales pitch, and on various topics around his RP on DTC sales and wine tourism for English Vineyards.  What constitutes a good cellar door experience, what are the future …

Anne Jones - Waitrose

January 13th, 2021


We talk with Anne Jones, Waitrose Category Manager: Wines, Beers and Spirits.  We discuss initiatives Waitrose ran and 'pivoted' during lockdown, consumer data and decision making, private label strategy, differences …

Richard Hemming MW

December 8th, 2020


We talk to the legend that is Richard Hemming MW about wine in Singapore, looking at a SWOT analysis of the market, trends, legislation and brands.  We also ask what the future of wine writing is, how can (or can't) it …

Will Dennison - Pol Roger Portfolio

December 1st, 2020


We talk with Will Dennison - Head of Fine Wine at Pol Roger Portfolio.  Pol Roger surely needs no introduction, and Will heads up the fine wine …

Barbara Drew MW - Events Manager BBR

October 28th, 2020


This episode features Barbara Drew, Master of Wine.  Barbara heads up the events and education team at BBR, so we ask her what it takes to design a …

Nik Darlington - Graft Wines

October 25th, 2020


Our first ever episode asks Nik Darlington whether he views consolidations as a good thing, what the main things to consider are when launching a …

The Big Vin Theory Trailer

October 22nd, 2020


Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming podcast aimed for those studying the world of wine.

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